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Homecoming In Bourne For 160 Mass. National Guard Soldiers

By Jim Armstrong, WBZ-TV
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Crowds of friends and family members wait for soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment at Otis Air National Guard Base in Bourne, May 13, 2011.

Crowds of friends and family members wait for soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment at Otis Air National Guard Base in Bourne, May 13, 2011.

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BOURNE (CBS) – It’s a scene we’re fortunate to experience a lot these days: American soldiers coming home, safe and sound, after long tours overseas. The most recent homecoming took place Friday evening at the Otis Air National Guard Base in Bourne.

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Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment reunite with their families at Otis Air National Guard Base in Bourne, May 13, 2011.

Thanks to a bit of luck on this Friday the 13th, the plane carrying about 160 soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment actually landed 30 minutes ahead of schedule. Dozens of anxious families there were grateful to have their year-long ordeals cut that much shorter.

According to the Massachusetts National Guard, the soldiers who returned this evening were part of a 12-month mobilization that provided “aviation support to missions, senior leadership transportation and battlefield circulation throughout Iraq.”

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports

Tonight’s reunions were the informal part of the homecoming. The Guard is planning a more formal welcome home ceremony for a later date.

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